By Ezekiel Talatau
PUBLIC are being advised to be mindful with their usage of plastics during the sixth MACFest, so as not to increase pollution.
“While people are enjoying the MACFest, the last thing on their minds might be how to recycle their food containers or where they can put or throw their reusable plastic cups, plates and spoons,” a concerned friend of the city relates to Island Sun.
Authorities are also being reminded of their responsibility to promote an environment friendly festival.
A Senior lecturer and a Researcher from WELTIC New Zealand, Ms Joanna Grimma cautions that activities such as festivals is a contributor in generating large volumes of waste plastics to the country .
“Most plastics uses in festivals are harmful to the wild life, this includes plastic drink bottles, plastic strews, plastic food trays, cables ties and toiletry bottles.”
Solomon Islands is currently battling against single use plastics, and the message is being highlighted amidst the hosting of the prominent Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival (MACFest).
Friends Of The City are working together with Honiara City Council (HCC), Ministry of Environment, Climate Changes, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) and the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to tackle plastics.
For the MACFest programme, there is no clear knowledge if the responsible authority is taking part with the MACFest organiser to work together and promote to stop use of plastics in the country.